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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: inebrius on 11-11-2002)
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Photo of DannyDan
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into beer mug with a golden body that has a white head that quickly disappears with not much retention and very little lacing with light carbonation. I do like the pleasant sweet smell from the malts that are in the beer and the fruitiness that seems present in the beer. The taste is a slightly sweet soft smooth easy drinking beer that has a nice soft mouthfeel and the soft light body makes it a very drinkable beer. This is a pretty decent beer if you like beer with a low malt character with very little bitterness, but I prefer beer to be a little bit more bitter myself.

DannyDan, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, fruit and some pepper. The flavor is wheat, oranges and some grassy hops. The fruit is the most dominant flavor. I don't really get any of the pepper from the aroma in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is great. Light golden color, clear with a nice white head.

Smell is a little lacking. Not too much going on but I suppose that's pretty typical of that style.

Taste is very good. Very crisp with some really nice hop bitterness going on, but nothing too overpowering. Very nice for the style.

Mouthfeel is very light but that makes it very easy to drink.

Lillenk, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland Full Circle poured a slightly cloudy/hazy pale gold that produced a 1-finger white head that dissipated to thin clingy lacing. Aroma and taste go hand-in-hand - floral/grassy, light hops, a little bready, and a soft malt character with a crisp clean, and drier finish. Carbonation is right on style, bubbly and lively.

Full Circle is very refreshing, a good session beer. New Holland continues to impress me with their stellar brews.

bushbeer75, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a slight sweetness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but milder. Both the taste, and the aroma lack anything in the way of complexity. The mouthfeel is thin, and watery even for a Kolsch. I like that Kolschs are light in bodied, but this beer is lighter than light. Overall, this beer is lacking in all departments. I will not be drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light yellowish body with a pillowey white head that recedes in a few minutes and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S- rather plain malty with a little hoppy aroma, nothing stands out much in this one

T- Malt flavor and a bit of a hoppiness at the finish, a rather light beer and has a flavor that is similar to the typical american pilsner.

M- Very little body, almost watery. Finish is crisp and clean, actually a refreshing beer that would go down well on an active summer day. Medium to low carbonation.

D- Compare to the MBC type beers this is great but falls into the same type of category, could easily drink this one all day with absolutely no issues. It is enjoyable but very mild, would be something I would not mind to drink out of the bottle

Spiekerbox, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Jpatrix
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A - A light beer appearance. Slight head and light lacing.

S - Some light malt with faint hops.

T - Light, light light. Not a whole lot of flavor but a hint of hop bitternes at the end.

M - See above.

D - A drinable light beer but not what I would pay for from a micro. A good "starter" beer for Micro-newbies.

Jpatrix, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of RichieS2
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Czech pils glass.

A - Pours an odd yellow, a little too copper to be considered gold with some wit cloudiness, decent carbonation.

S - Some light malt with floral overtones.

T - Some slight maltiness, a bit sweeter than a pilsner. An equally subtle hop finish. My only complaint is that this beer is a little to subtle.

M - On the lighter side.

D - Very high.

RichieS2, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color beer with a medium pure white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with light fruity ester is OK. Taste is quiet light with some notes of lightly sweet malt and light fruity ester and not much else. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK with no brewing flaws but not something to go for very often.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a very pale gold color that is crystal clear. Has a small head that doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Has a slightly malty aroma, but in all honesty, it's a little bland.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with a decent hop bite at the very end. It reminds me a lot of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin and watery.

Drinkability: It's okay. It works really well in the summer as being a drinkable, refreshing beer; but it's not knocking my socks off.

civilizedpsycho, May 30, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at my hotel bar (Grand Rapids, MI), poured into a standard pint glass.

Served with a thin layer of white bubble sitting on top of a hazy, yellow straw body. Tiny bits of foam cling to the side of the glass.

The nose is pretty typical for the style...yeasts, grains, flowers and fruits. Nothing outstanding jumps from the glass...

The flavors are more grainy and grass-like than expected. Some hops balance out the earthy flavors, but the fruity nose is lost in the taste.

The mouth feel is thin and poorly carbonated (I blame the bar for this though, not reflected in my rating).

Meh...I could take it or leave it...pretty nice for a summertime sipper.

mgbickel, May 21, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with plenty of foam, forming a rocky head. The foam takes awhile to settle down. Smells a bit grassy; touch lemony. Fairly crisp toasted malt character with a bit of white breadiness. Very grassy bits of noble hop. Decent bitterness for a kolsch-style ale. A pretty straightforward beer, definitely a summertime quaffer.

marcobrau, May 20, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 30 cl Hirter stange.

A: Poured a pale straw color with 1-finger foamy head. Good carbonation and lacing.

S: Comes off as a slightly-fruity pilsener. Picked up some yeast and grains as well.

T: Tastes like a champagne-y pilsener. Good balance between malts and hops. Semi-dry finish.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing, with a mild hoppy aftertaste.

D: Had one of these after a long bike ride. Hit the spot. A good spring/summer session beer.

DoppleJock, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pokal.

Pours a light straw, smallish head dies to a cap immediately. Laces nicely for the small amount of head.

Aroma is floral and perfume, strange and chemical, but not unpleasant. Pils malt and noble hop aromas dominate past the chemical aroma. Smells like a pils, I get none of the usual dusty malt aromas I get from a good Kolsch.

Flavor is pils malt and noble hops. Very clean, there is a slightly vinous flavor, but not as upfront as most Kolsch. I think the hop flavor overpowers the grape and chardonnay type flavors I usually associate with a Kolsch.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and lively. There is enough body for the style and the carbonation cuts the sweetness just as much as the hops.

Not bad, but I think there are some vital yeast flavors missing.

wheatyweiss, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of white head. It is yellow and clear. It looks a lot like a BMC. It smells like cooked vegetables. The smell is not the highlight of this beer. The taste is reminiscent of a German pilsner or a dortmunder, which makes sense. I get some malt. It finishes very clean. It's not a bad drinking beer. It is actually quite refreshing.


buschbeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while I was in Michigan in July for a wedding. Just found the note sheet on my desk, apparently never entered it in so here we go.

Consumed 7/25/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Bright gold with a finger and a half white bubbly head that settled to a patchy skim pretty quick.

S- A little grassy with a little citrus sweetness. Kind of muted but from what I can see that normal for the style.

T- A barley/oat flavor with some of the sweetness from the nose mixed in. Seems pretty well balanced.

M- Light to medium, pretty smooth and not too much carbination.

D- All in all not high on my list of favorite styles but I could see this being a geat warm weather session brew.

tatoodkelt, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during my visit there within the past week into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light yellow body, little head which forms a ring around the top of the glass (a full circle, no doubt!). 3.0

S Not much smell really, some barley malt is about it. 3.0

T Barley malt, light sweetness, very light hops. Just fine and consistent with style. 3.0

M Thin feel. Appropriate to style but underwhelming. 3.0

D Good but this beer does not provide enough interest to me to return. 4.0

adamette, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with minimal white head. Smell is some light fruit and hops. Smells a little skunk but also with some wine-y grape flavors to it. Taste is some citrus with a very mild heineken skunky taste to it. Some muscat in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and creamy but a little light in body. Very dry beer, but all in all pretty good.

fropones, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of aaronh
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich gold body topped by a frothy head that eventually settles to a thin but solid layer of foam. Aroma is just a touch of grain sweetness - very clean. Flavor has a smooth malt note well balanced by a restrained bitterness. FInishes very clean. Although not an assualt of flavors, this beer is very clean, well balanced, and enjoyable - exactly what a kolsch should be. I've enjioyed this beer immensly all summer long.

aaronh, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of guntherhophead
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Don't let the urine color fool you! This pours a nice yellow gold with a little head which disapates quickly. It smells of citrus, hops and a bit dandelion. The taste is light and crisp with some honey and a little hops in the back. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

guntherhophead, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lets be honest. Kolsch beer just don't have a lot of taste. I feel that I've had enough of them (7 or 8 so far) to draw this generalization. This is a typical beer of the Kolsch style, but unlike many others it shows a lot of poise and exemplary balance between the light macro lager and tasty craft pale lager.

Not much in the color, but head is explosive and retains well throughout. Has a Duvel-like smell with a thin body and hop structure, but hints of herbs, carrots, and yeast. Nicely balanced, carries that distinct blend of corn and floral scents that comprise the kolsch style.

Has the smooth drinkability and consistency of a macro pale, but doesnt have that shit beer mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. One of the best of the style that I've had. Too bad I don't care for the style all that much.

TLove, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This kolsch poured a very pale and slightly hazed yellow color. With an aggressive pour the pure white head rose about 1/2" and then quickly settled to a broken skim. No lace.

S= A bit "kolschy" smelling but it could be more, much more. Lots of grain sweetness and faint grassy hops in there too.

T= Sweet grain flavors up front give way to the grassy hops and an odd but pleasant hint of fruitiness near the end. Finish was short and faintly dry.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a modest carbonation feel.

D= Highly drinkable despite this not being one of the better kolsch beers out there. Not bad, just not very inspired. Would make a good hot day - lawnmower beer though.

spointon, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of sensorglitch
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint Glass, the beer doesn't really have a great color. I don't see anything about it which really stands out. I don't think I could find any reason to differentiate this beer from a Mass Market beer.

T- Not really interesting, not really even average. I didn't like it. Tastes a little skunky

S - Not a really good taste, wasn't really interesting. I can't say it has any characteristics which would bring me back to it. Has a vaguely skunky smell.

D - I wouldn't want to drink it again

sensorglitch, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has changed since the picture on here. Cryptic date code on the neck.

Appearance: Light yellow color, just a bit of haze, Thin head, fades slowly.

Smell: Clean grain aroma, just a bit of floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of grain flavor here too - it isn't the most complex, but it is a nice solid "beer" flavor, just a hint of a wine like flavor, finishes very dry.

Overall impression: Not the most exciting beer out there, but its highly drinkable and has some nice flavors.

rowew, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin white head shows decent staying power. Hazy light golden body. Lacing is rather nice looking.

Smell: Not a big aroma to this beer. Kind of smells like a pale wheat ale, or a witbier without the spices.

Taste: White grapes, finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

BierFan, Aug 30, 2009
New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.